By decision of Warsaw residents, the title of Warsaw Woman of the Year 2023 was won by Dr. Katarzyna Kasia, philosopher, publicist and commentator, known, among others, from TVN24 and Radio Nowy Świat.
– If I were to say who I am, the word Warsaw resident comes to my mind first – this is what Dr. Katarzyna Kasia said about herself. Warsaw Woman of the Year 2023 is a philosopher, graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Warsaw, scholarship holder of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Italian Republic, The Kościuszko Foundation and Princeton University. She is also active in the media: she hosts the morning program “Nowy Świt” on Radio Nowy Świat, is a commentator of “Szkła Kontaktowe” on TVN24 and a journalist on the Internet Kultura Liberalna.
– I am very concerned, I am very happy and I accept this obligation. First of all, I would like to thank you for being among such wonderful women. Thank you very much to all the ladies for allowing us to meet during the plebiscite. It’s an honor for me. I will remember that I was here with you, she said. Addressing the mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, she said: – Mr. President, I am convinced that the Warsaw Mermaid has this sword not for the parade and I believe that she will use it well to make Warsaw a city where women’s rights are human rights and are respected. .
10 nominated women
This year, the competition jury composed of: Ewa Malinowska-Grupińska, Beata Michalec, Piotr Nocoń, Piotr Kędzierski, Anna Maruszeczko, Ewelina Negowetti, Paulina Przybysz, Bogumiła Siedlecka-Goślicka, Małgorzata Szumowska, Anna Tatarska, Monika Tutak-Goll, Bianka Zalewska nominated for the title of Warsaw Woman of the Year 2023:
– Krystyna Budnicka – since 1991 she has been a member of the Association of Children of the Holocaust in Poland. As a witness to history, he constantly meets with young people both in Poland and Germany, talking about his experiences.
– Zofia Czekalska – she came to Warsaw during the German occupation. In the Home Army, during the Warsaw Uprising, she served as a liaison for the Central Pharmacy Store. She was awarded the Golden Cross of Merit by the President of the Republic of Poland.
– Marzena Dębska – specialist in obstetrics and gynecology and perinatology. In the years 2016 – 2019, she served as the president of the Warsaw Branch of the Society of Perinatal Medicine. She actively participates in the public debate on the organization of perinatal care and women’s rights, always defending them.
– Kamila Ferenc – attorney, lawyer and consultant at the Foundation for Women and Family Planning FEDERA. She is also the co-founder of the Foundation Against the Culture of Rape and the socially engaged law firm Prawa do Prawa. In her professional work, she deals primarily with women’s rights and counteracting violence and discrimination.
– Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram – attorney and social activist. She is involved in non-governmental organizations working to protect the justice system and human rights and is a co-creator of the #FreeCourts initiative and the Justice Defense Committee.
– Dr. Katarzyna Kasia – philosopher, graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Warsaw, scholarship holder of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Italian Republic, The Kościuszko Foundation and Princeton University.
– Dr. Hanna Machińska – lawyer and social activist with an extremely rich track record in the implementation of European legal standards into Polish law, including in the field of human rights protection and anti-discrimination law.
– Katarzyna Nicewicz – a teacher and graphic designer by profession, the president of the Daj Herbatę Foundation. He has been dealing with people experiencing homelessness for over 11 years. When running an organization, he focuses on comprehensive assistance and innovative solutions.
– Agnieszka Szpila – writer, ecofeminist, cultural expert and activist. In his books and texts, he deals mainly with topics related to discriminated people – including minorities, with particular emphasis on people with disabilities.
– Justyna Wydrzyńska – activist, chemist, involved in increasing access to abortion since 2006. She is also the co-founder of the Aborcjon Dream Team, a member of the Abortion Bez Granic network and a mother of three children.
Main photo source: PAP/Albert Zawada